Fireflies: July Masterpiece Response         

Jul 18, 2012

July Masterpiece Response

[Fireflies Visual Comm]
The masterpiece entitled "Bald Eagle" by John James Audubon, who was a naturalist and artist from the 1800s, was the subject of our last post.  His publication, "Birds of North America," and the society that was formed, the Audubon Society, which seeks to preserve these birds, are a wonderful legacy he leaves with us.

The eagle, a symbol of freedom for America, is a bird many students are fascinated by and want to draw.  Here is a cute lesson for K-2nd graders I noticed the folks at Busy Bee Kids Crafts had fun with that I did with the students at Circle Christian School this year when we were learning about the artist John James Audubon.

You will need:  brown construction paper for the hand prints and foot print, white construction paper for the feathers, yellow or orange for the beak and light blue or dark blue for the background, plus the ever-popular "googly" eye, scissors and glue sticks.  Trace hands and one foot.  Cut out and arrange to make a flying eagle.  Add white feathers and beaks along with a googly eye so your eagle can see where he is going!

For the 3-6th graders, we had a drawing lesson on how to draw eagles.  
Here is the link to the lesson from my art website:

and above are some of our eagles that came out of our lesson... aren't they sweet?
May you soar through your week on wings like eagles!

Written by Laura Bird Miller, artist/art instructor Circle Christian School

"But those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength. 
They will soar on wings like eagles;    
 they will run and not grow weary,   
 they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:31

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